In 1943, a Belorussian boy finds a rifle buried in the sand and unwittingly gets thrust into the Soviet Union’s battle against the German Nazi regime during World War II where he witnesses the horrors of battle.
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War, madness, death, hell, absolute horror. Multimunitions, village burning, rapes, effectiveness & cruelty at its paroxysm in Belarus by Nazi Germany. Hallucinating & hard to sustain. ==== La guerre, la folie, la mort, l'enfer, l'horreur absolue. Multimunitions, centaines de villages brûlés, viols, l'efficacité au paroxysme de la cruauté en Biélorussie par l'Allemagne nazie. Hallucinant & difficilement soutenable.
It's fitting that the title comes from the Book of Revelations, because Come and See looks like a door to hell has been flung open: a surreal nightmare where all moral stability has evaporated into chaos—even simple tracking shots through mud and forests can make you question your sanity. This is a devastating film, uniting us always with its hero's shellshocked gaze. His inner and outer journeys leave you shattered.
Come and See has got to be the most brutal and most realistic yet disturbing potrayal of war I have ever seen. It's as if Elements Klimov didn't direct a film but shot a live documentation of the events. The film is not your typical war that is antiwar or takes sides and make hero's out of it's characters. It only potrays war as it is and who were the victims,and that itself will leave a lasting impression to you.
An astonishing, Expressionist film, as far removed from the de rigeur heroics of a conventional "war" film as you could find. Every scene and performance is soaked in the collective horror those in the Soviet Union experienced in WW2/The Great Patriotic War. Almost unbearable to watch, but totally necessary.
One of the most beautiful war films ever made. Director Klimov elegantly works a soft, floating camera through contrastingly stark, brutal events. Consequently, the harrowing nature of the film is rendered surreal by the dream-like camera movement. The result is a truly unique and artistic interpretation of war.
To me, Klimov stands as one of the very few directors who has managed to use this grade of sheer brutality as a leitmotif and turn it into a poem of sorts, a poem only a tormented mind could envision. In that aspect the directorial style is an explosion of bravado that will most likely be the responsible for getting your attention from the very first scene.
A shite film. Stilted, slow-moving and viciously anti-German with annoying camerawork. Has some good crowd scenes but dragged out over 2.5 hrs. A bit of skilful editing could have made it into a decent short (10-12 mins).
Astonishing, it pulls you in like a vacuum and suffocates in sound as it fractures within escalating intensity. The tactics are so brilliantly executed- you literally feel as though you are being ripped at the seams.